Following Tuesday’s public confrontation between Justin Timberlake and a paparazzo outside a Beverly Hills hotel, a friend of the pop star spoke to OK! to defend JT’s actions.

SEE THE ORIGINAL PICS OF JT’S SQUABBLE HERE

Marcella Lindeberg, a friend of Justin and also a designer at the singer’s William Rast clothing line tells OK! she was surprised by news of the confrontation.

“I think [the photographer] caught Justin at the wrong time,” she explained to OK! at the launch of the Charlotte Russe fall collections in NYC. “He must have said something really wrong.”

Lindeberg added that the outburst is out of character for the Justin. “He’s really, really nice. But you need to understand also that he has 20 people constantly on him,” she said. “And most of the time he’s fine with it. He’s excellent about it. He’s really welcoming and friendly.”

SEE THE ORIGINAL PICS OF JT’S SQUABBLE HERE

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